Siroyan adopts ACE's CoSy® compiler development system for 'next-generation' processor

ACE Press Release

Amsterdam. The Netherlands and Reading, UK 22 January, 2001

Toolkit crucial for creating advanced compiler generation for convergence applications

Siroyan, the SIP2 company, today announced a licensing agreement with ACE Associated Compiler Experts for the CoSy compiler development system. Siroyan will use the CoSy technology as a basis for the compiler for its 'next generation' Scalable Integrated Processor. CoSy is a commercial development system that allows compiler developers to generate production-quality compilers for a wide range of languages and targets.

A significant factor in Siroyan's decision to adopt CoSy was the open framework that it provides. This allows Siroyan's compiler engineers to 'plug-in' a series of specialised engines that allow efficient code to be generated for it's innovative SIP architecture. The CoSy development system's high degree of modularity allows Siroyan's compilers to exploit the proven ANSI 'C' front-end and architecture-independent optimisations, without compromising the quality of the VLIW code. Additionally, CoSy provides multi-platform support (Windows and UNIX).

"Our SIP2 processor combines RISC, VLIW and DSP elements together with application specific functions, so the compiler needs to be of the highest standard", says Adrian Wise, Siroyan's Technical Director. "Through CoSy's modular architecture, we can achieve optimum performance whilst preserving the robustness of the compilers we construct, giving us better quality products in a shorter time. It's a key factor in our approach to deliver to our customers a professional-quality tool chain comprising compilers, simulation tools and debuggers that are customised to address the target configuration".

"Advanced architectures require a new standard in compiler development", said Rob Kurver, Managing Director of ACE Associated Compiler Experts. "The CoSy system provides developers with an open system that enables the environment to be easily customised to meet the architectural challenges. We are delighted that a company like Siroyan, who is redefining existing boundaries, has chosen CoSy as its preferred compiler development environment".

Siroyan has designed an innovative VLIW-based Scalable Integrated Processor architecture - codenamed OPUS - that combines RISC and DSP elements, making it ideal for such demanding consumer-orientated applications as next-generation 3G mobile and internet connectivity, digital TV and digital video broadcasting. The Company will deliver the product as a softcore, codenamed RUBICON, which eliminates many of the process problems associated with the conventional hardcore approach. Siroyan calls its approach SIP2, a combination of the unique Scalable Integrated Processor solution with a Semiconductor Intellectual Property delivery model.

Siroyan expects to be in production with the new compilers by Q4 2001.

About Siroyan

Siroyan Limited is a UK-based business founded in June 1999 to deliver the next generation processing power and applications solutions to SoC designers addressing the convergence of computing, communication and multimedia applications. The company is the first to use scalable VLIW techniques that combine the features of RISC and DSP processing, delivered within an integrated SIP softcore package specifically for SoC deployment. Based in Reading, UK, the company has grown substantially, trebling its engineering headcount in 2000 and opening a second design centre in the UK. More information is available at:

About ACE

ACE Associated Compiler Experts bv (a wholly owned subsidiary of ACE Associated Computer Experts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) is a world leader in the production of compiler development tools. Its open CoSy compiler development system gives compiler developers the ability to achieve a similar leading edge position in the construction of better and faster optimizing compilers for architectures ranging from 4-bit DSPs to 256-bit VLIW processors. CoSy also accommodates a wide range of programming languages including C, DSP-C, C++, Fortran and Java.



CoSy is a registered trademark of ACE Associated Computer Experts bv